Review: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


‘The War That Saved My Life’ is a great read for upper primary children! It embodied most of the themes that I loved to explore as a tween! Told in simple yet effective language, this really is a book worthy of its awards for me! Pick it up and read it, you’ll love it, no matter what age you are! Excellent for speed readers, too!
The beginning didn’t sit all that well for me. There wasn’t anything remarkable about the way the book was written, so the writing didn’t really capture me or pull me in. I couldn’t sense anything unique or special about this novel; it was just another one of those average, three star novels perfect for primary children who’d enjoy a simple read.
Yet as I delved deeper and deeper into the story, I genuinely started to enjoy it and would often find myself thinking about it: about what would happen next and if events turned out the way I hoped they would. I definitely turned into one of those thought provoking, simple stories which enamoured its reader.
What I enjoyed most, is probably the interaction between the characters and how Jamie, Ada and Miss Susan Smith all explored what it is to be a family; having a place of belonging and identity; as well as hardships and difficulties during a hard time in human history. I was wary of this novel becoming too difficult in the sense that it delved too deep and darkly into these issues, but I really shouldn’t have feared anything. ‘The War That Saved My Life’ explored it with a delicacy and enlightenment that warmed my spirit.
It’s written entirely in first person narrative in past tense from Ada’s perspective. The novel also travelled at a slow but steady pace for me, mainly because it was told in chronological order. I’m not sure whether I dislike this or not, as it seemed a good fit for this tale.
The pace definitely picked up towards the end! I believe this is where I enjoyed it most! There was more excitement and EVENTS that occurred, which is what probably left such a positive opinion in me.
This is definitely a book you’ve got to stick with. The more you read, the more you’ll come to love it!
It definitely touches base on some mental illnesses such as PTSD but in such a discreet way, I almost didn’t notice it!
There was nothing overly original about ‘The War That Saved My Life’, but if you’re up for a light read that warms your soul and uses some historical events, it’s a great one!
Congratulations to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley on publishing a highly-recommended read for upper primary children!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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